Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel’s inventions in the field of compression ignition engine are well known, but there was a little known Englishman named Herbert Akroyd-Stuart who actually filed for a patent and built compression ignition engines with the help of Richard Hornsby before Diesel created his version. If things had gone down a little differently, you could be watching youtube videos of people rolling coal in a hornsby-akroyd, but we can all agree that its good the German won the patent/naming conventions around compression ignition, and Englishmen won World War II. Find this 1960 Chevrolet Wagon with Cummins 5.9 Diesel offered for $9,900 in Tri-Cities, TN via craigslist.
This next beast might have German roots, but it is strictly an American act from start to finish. Under a
fine thick layer of patina is a 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood or Parkwood or Kingswood — let’s just agree that lots of wood was involved.
Under the hood Between the fenders is a Cummins 5.9 liter straight-6 that is turbocharged and not-intercooled to produce prodigious smoke. This is a 12-Valve 6BT from what I can gather from the info at DieselConversion.com and should be good for 200ish horsepower and 300ish ft-lbs of torque when stock. Modifications to the fuel and air systems should push that number up quickly.
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